Print on demand and other self-publishing websites have made it easier than ever to get your life’s work in the hands of readers. Sites like Lulu, Xlibris and iUniverse customize the printing process to help writers reach the audience they’re specifically looking to reach.
Some authors want to print only one copy of their masterpiece, to place on their shelf at home, or a few to hand out to family members and friends. Others use print-on-demand sites to publish copies of their book to send out to bookstores or larger publishing houses. Whatever the ultimate goal, self-publishing is being used more and more by first-time writers who want their work to be seen. That isn’t always a good thing, though.
“Hard Times in the Country: Ramblings of a Hayseed,” by Glendale resident Timothy L. Wahl, is one such book. Self-published through iUniverse.com, the autobiography details Wahl’s days growing up on a dairy farm in upstate New York. At times, the book exhibits wonderful examples of drama, conflict, nostalgia, suspense and hilarious country anecdotes. The only thing missing: an editor.